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About the Teleseminar

A last will and testament is not always the final word of a testator. Often, a will unearths hidden or long-suppressed family rivalries and resentments. With the testator no longer on the scene, children or other heirs are freed to express their resentments. These resentments or rivalries often worsen when the will’s plan for allocating of money, valuable property or sentimental items is made known.  This can easily lead to bitter disputes and formal litigation challenging the validity of the will.  While not every will contest is successful – indeed, they can be difficult to overturn – even the threat of litigation can be very costly and cause long delays in distributing property. This program will discuss common grounds for will contests, the framework of law governing will contests, and practical steps lawyers and their clients can take when drafting a will to avoid challenge.   

  • Spotting red flags in will contests – disinheriting close family members, unequal treatment of children, unusual behavior of testator & more
  • Sources of law in will contests – grounds for challenging wills
  • Use of In Terrorem provisions to prevent will contests
  • Issues surrounding holographic wills and other informal wills
  • Practical steps to avoid will contests – will ceremonies, videotaped testaments, witness selection, affidavits 

About the Speaker

Gerry W. Beyer is the Governor Preston E. Smith Regents Professor of Law at Texas Tech University School of Law, where he specializes in estate planning.  He is widely recognized as a leading national authority on estate and trust planning for pets and is a frequent contributor to both scholarly and practice-orientated publications. He has authored numerous books and articles focusing on various aspects of estate planning, including a two volume treatise on Texas wills law and a casebook on estate planning published by the West.  Professor Beyer is an Academic Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel.  He received his B.A., summa cumlaude, from Eastern Michigan University, his J.D., summa cum laude, from Ohio State University College of Law, and his LL.M. and J.S.D. from the University of Illinois College of Law.

Mandatory MCLE Credit Hours
This seminar qualifies for 1.0 MCLE Credit Hour, including up to1.0 Estate Planning & Probate Law Specialty Credit Hour

(Instruction Level: Intermediate)*Live Teleseminar programs are not live credit programs.  Supreme Court Commission on CLE rules allow SC Bar members to use Alternatively Delivered programming to obtain up to 6.0 hours of MCLE each reporting period.   For FAQ’s please click here.